Out and about with my good mate WhiteFriar on a very pleasant Summer's day - yes it does look as though Summer is finally with us! Still a little chilly first thing when we set out from Dorking a little after 7:00 am but it soon warmed up. Our journey first took us Westward and then South Westward until we eventually ended up in the Portsmouth area. We collected Church Micros for the most part - it is amazing how they keep springing up - we can't keep up with them! Some picturesque churches along the way and some longer than usual Multis - not difficult but taking longer than planned for. It was also an opportunity to collect a few more Challenge caches a couple of terrain 5s and one Virtual. Regrettably we never reached the Wherigos and Earthcaches included (perhaps optimistically) in the plan. Weather permitting, we are already talking about coming back next week to continue where we left off. We finished early at around 7:00 pm so as to give us time to drop in on the Surrey event, this month held in Farnham, on the way home. Overall, despite the one DNF, a really great day.
19th cache of the day and the last before the evening event. When this first came out I duly installed and ran the macro but it was a forlorn hope and it duly came up with ziltch. There the matter rested for quite some time until earlier in this year WhiteFriar and I started to think we should have a crack at it.
The planning part may have taken longer than the getting! A 3/3 Multi (with two back-ups) was the starting point for 36 points. This left 630 points or 126 traditional stars, which kept things simple and made the provision of back-ups a lot easier, should we have any DNFs. "The Pooh Trail" and "Old Heartfield Trail" provided most of what we wanted and the three more caches brought up the required total, at which point we maintained discipline and went home early, resolutely ignoring many other nearby caches.
Today we found suitably parking and set off for GZ. Initially it went well but the paths that seemed to go in the correct direction got less and less defined and more and more and overgrown. Having almost complete circumnavigated GZ we decided we just needed to head straight in, though tall grass laced with a few stinging nettles slowed us. Finally at GZ the cache is soon spotted though not so easily accessed. However, a little care and perseverance gets us there and the log is duly signed. Time to go to the event and sink a well earned glass of something.
PS. See my web page http://www.15ddv.me.uk/geo/chal/the_threlkeld_family_challenges.html#05 for a list of my qualifying caches, found on 7th May 2013.